Baby boom at Monarto Zoo

 Over the past month, our ungulate keeping team has been kept busy, with the birth of a Przewalski’s Horse foal, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx!

Born on 13 March, the adorable Przewalski’s Horse foal is one of more than 50 of the species to be born at Monarto Zoo since 1986!

Classified as extinct in the wild in the 1960s, we’re proud to have played an important role in a successful reintroduction program, with Monarto Zoo born horses helping to re-establish a wild population of more than 300 horses in Mongolia!

Born last week, our new little foal has no idea how important it is to the future of this endangered wild horse species.

Arriving on 5 March, the Addax calf marks another important conservation success. A recent survey of Addax numbers in Africa found there are only three surviving in the wild and their extinction is sadly imminent.

Native to Africa’s Sahara Dessert,  Addax are a slow-moving antelope, making them easy targets for hunters and poachers.

With the wild Addax facing an uncertain future, zoo breeding programs are vital to preserving the genetic diversity of this rare species.

At Monarto Zoo, we’ve proudly bred more than 35 Addax since 1994, an important contribution to the captive insurance population securing the future for this species.

Once widespread across North Africa, the Scimitar-horned Oryx is now classified as extinct in the wild which makes our newest addition, born on 13 March, extremely important. We’ve bred more than 30 oryx at Monarto Zoo, helping to ensure a brighter future for this beautiful antelope

As a conservation charity, every day we fight to save species from across the globe, big and small, from extinction and breeding successes like these are at the heart of what we do.

Make sure you stop by Monarto Zoo soon to welcome the new arrivals to our wild family!

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